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Johnny & the Mongrels

Deep Creole soul release

Jeff Bostic and Johnny Ryan – Photo: Jim Mimna

Johnny & The Mongrels are singer/songwriter Johnny Ryan and singer/bassist/songwriter Jeff Bostic. While currently based in Fort Collins, Colorado, they have the New Orleans and Louisiana jive in their blood.

The highly anticipated debut album Creole Skies is available now for download here.  We have already been treated to pre-releases – there’s the second-line groove on the debut single “Music Man” and the infectious groove on the follow-up “Louisiana Girl” (both clips below)

The core band on Creole Skies consists of Ryan, Bostic, guitarist Scott Sharrard (Gregg Allman, Levon Helm), keyboardist Bill McKay (The Derek Trucks Band, Leftover Salmon) and drummer/percussionist Eddie Christmas (The Black Crowes, Jon Cleary). Guest artists include tenor saxophonist Craig Dreyer (Keith Richards, Joan Osborne) and button accordionist Roddie Romero (Marcus Miller, Bobby Rush).

The album was recorded at the historic Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana and co-produced by Sharrard and JoeBaby Michaels (Ivan Neville, Bobby Messano).

The band has played many prominent venues and music festivals across the USA, sharing stages along with way with Sharrard, George Porter Jr., Ivan Neville, Bob Malone (John Fogerty), Deanna Bogart, Shakedown Street, Samantha Fish, Honey Island Swamp Band and Bobby Messano (Steve Winwood).

Creole Skies is an unabashed deep-rooted channel of funk and soul, guaranteed to smile on your face. TOTALLY recommended. It’s out now.

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